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Rioja is the home of Maturana Tinta, and you'll find most if not all examples are produced by Rioja Bodegas, but the wines remind me of something quite completely different. Bark and rich, structured and packed with black currant, black cherry and herbal aromas, it seems like a close cousin of Carmenere, yet one that is bigger and broader than the ones we typically encounter from Chile. I love Carmenere, though when they get very ripe and are made in this powerful style they often lose their herbaceousness and morph into a more international style. Not so with Maturana. Here we find power, richness and an incredibly appealing herbal savoriness. It's a wine that needs to be experienced in order to be understood, and unlike Picotendre and Fer Servadou, we have a wine that may very well turn into a critic's darling!

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Speaking of off the beaten path grapes from Rioja, the less-well-known Graciano makes really nice reds as well. Usually found in Rioja blends, there are some varietal bottles making their way to the US now. We finished one off last night, from Rio Madre (a label I bet was created just for the US market) and at $10 or so, this is a pleasure-giving bargain.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

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